Marcus Rashford has hit back at a host of people including a maths teacher racially abusing him on social media following Manchester United’s 11-10 penalty shootout loss to Villarreal in the Europa League final in Gdansk, Poland on Wednesday.
The striker played all 120 minutes and scored his penalty during the dramatic 22 attempts from the spot afterwards, yet was still the target of racial abuse online amid calls from football clubs and bodies for an end to such behaviour.
“At least 70 racial slurs on my social accounts counted so far,” said Rashford soon after the match. He added, “For those working to make me feel any worse than I already do, good luck trying 👍🏾”
The 23-year-old then went at the teacher, saying, “I’m more outraged that one of the abusers that left a mountain of monkey emojis in my DM is a maths teacher with an open profile.”
Rashford’s outrage was at the fact that such a person has access to children whom they are teaching yet can freely abuse him or any other person racially without consequence.
“He teaches children!! And knows that he can freely racially abuse without consequence…” said the striker who’s known to have pushed passionately for feeding of pupils in the UK in the aftermath of the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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